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Beyond the Lights (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 14 November 2014 (USA)
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Noni
Nate Parker ... Kaz
Minnie Driver ... Macy Jean
Machine Gun Kelly ... Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
Danny Glover ... Captain Nicol
Darryl Stephens ... Quentin
Elaine Tan ... April
Isaac Keys ... Jonas
Tyler Christopher ... Liam King
Benito Martinez ... Jesse Soria
Aisha Hinds ... J Stanley
India Jean-Jacques India Jean-Jacques ... Noni (age 10)
Deidrie Henry ... Felicia
Estelle ... Self
Malieek Straughter ... Billboard Awards Stage Manager


Romance ignites between a troubled young singer on the cusp of stardom, and a handsome young cop with political ambitions in this drama about the power of walking your own path. Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a talented singer whose ethereal voice has taken the world of music by storm. A glimpse beneath the surface, however, reveals a girl who's cracking under the pressure to top the charts. When Noni tries to end it all, concerned cop Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker) pulls her back from the ledge, and shows her that life is still worth living. Along the way, Noni and Kaz fall head over heels in love. Meanwhile, the powers that be conspire to keep them apart as well as focused on their respective careers. But without Kaz's love, Noni may never find her true voice..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Open your heart. Find your voice.


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Chaka Khan makes a brief cameo at the Billboard Awards. She compliments Noni's (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) purple hair. See more »


Captain Nicol refers to his son Kaz's dog as male (saying he's fed) however, Noni says to Kaz's dog "hey girl". See more »


Kaz: [in response to some of the risque lyrics in Noni's song C'mon Boy] Put your face WHERE?
Noni: [chuckling in embarrassment] I didn't write it, okay?
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »


Give It All To Me
Written by Justus Arison, David Brooks, Nicki Minaj (as Onika Tanya Maraj) and DJ Khaled (as Khaled Mohammaed Khaled)
Performed by Mavado featuring Nicki Minaj
Courtesy of Cash Money Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

.. don't pass on it.. it just works
27 April 2015 | by bjariasSee all my reviews

This is a surprisingly good film.. with a reasonable storyline.. good casting/ acting.. above average production values... and a music score that fits the overall tone/ setting of the film. All in all, this is well done movie-making .. above most all others in the genre. There are not many surprises, but all else works, so that all time spent is fairly solid entertainment. And a couple of moments are truly special.. her rendition of Blackbird near the end is spellbinding.. few could do it as well.. casting her was genius. And kudos to the camera and editing crews.. seconds can make or break a good film. For romantic dramas from this year, this has to be considered one of the best.

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Release Date:

14 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Lights See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,200,284, 16 November 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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